No. 104 | Did You Know?

What’s the Oldest Structure on Campus?

It’s not Tagart Chapel.

Do you know what the oldest structure on McDonogh’s campus is? While most people guess Tagart Chapel (see Story No. 43), the answer is actually a remnant of New House, built in the 1880s but destroyed by fire in 1928 (see Story No. 25). The surviving section is between the boiler room and the Upper School library in Allan Building. It can be identified by the two small copulas on the roof.  

Prior to the fire, this section of the building—the only area that survived the blaze—was the cooking area. The dining room was where the library is now.

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